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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Edmond Spencer Abraham 48%
Gary Ackerman 47%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 16%
Wayne Allard 40%
Thomas Allen 56%
Rob Andrews 71%
Bill Archer 35%
Richard Armey 24%
John Ashcroft 60%
Henry Scott Baesler 41%
Richard Hugh Baker 15%
Cass Ballenger 35%
James Barcia 35%
Bob Barr, Jr. 47%
Bill Barrett 24%
Roscoe Bartlett 38%
Charlie Bass 41%
Herbert Bateman 12%
Max Baucus 32%
Bob Bennett 24%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 53%
Douglas Bereuter 12%
Howard Berman 44%
Marion Berry 44%
Brian Bilbray 53%
Michael Bilirakis 35%
Jeff Bingaman 40%
Rod Blagojevich 56%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 15%
Sherwood Boehlert 38%
Kit Bond 28%
Henry Bonilla 24%
David Edward Bonior 53%
Mary Bono Mack 21%
Robert Borski, Jr. 50%
Leonard Boswell 29%
Rick Boucher 38%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 41%
John Breaux 28%
George Brown, Jr. 44%
Richard Bryan 48%
Ed Bryant 18%
Dale Bumpers 64%
Jim Bunning 18%
Conrad Burns 24%
Dan Burton 18%
Steve Buyer 18%
Robert Byrd 52%
Herbert Callahan 12%
Ben Campbell 24%
Thomas Campbell 74%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 26%
Chris Cannon 21%
Julia Carson 59%
Mike Castle 65%
John Chafee 32%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 29%
Jon Lynn Christensen 44%
William Clay, Sr. 44%
Eva Clayton 50%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 36%
Robert Clement 32%
Michael Collins 32%
Larry Combest 15%
Gary Condit 44%
Kent Conrad 40%
Merrill Cook 24%
John Cooksey 15%
Jerry Costello 62%
Paul Coverdell 24%
Christopher Cox 56%
William Coyne 56%
Larry Craig 32%
Robert Cramer 29%
Philip Crane 44%
Barbara Cubin 29%
Randall Cunningham 21%
Alfonse D'Amato 16%
Patsy Ann Danner 41%
Thomas Daschle 32%
James Davis 59%
Thomas Davis III 24%
Bill Delahunt 56%
Thomas DeLay 15%
Peter Deutsch 62%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 21%
Jay Dickey 21%
Norm Dicks 44%
Julian Dixon 38%
Chris Dodd 40%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 20%
Calvin Dooley 47%
John Doolittle 18%
Byron Dorgan 40%
David Dreier 18%
Jennifer Dunn 21%
Chet Edwards 47%
Vern Ehlers 41%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 32%
Jo Ann Emerson 24%
Philip English 38%
John Ensign 53%
Bob Etheridge 44%
Lane Evans 56%
Terry Everett 21%
Thomas Ewing 18%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 36%
Harris Fawell 32%
Victor Fazio 41%
Russ Feingold 84%
Bob Filner 56%
Mark Foley 29%
Michael Patrick Forbes 41%
Harold Ford, Jr. 35%
Wendell Ford 20%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 35%
Tillie Fowler 21%
Jon David Fox 41%
Barney Frank 59%
Robert Franks 48%
William Frist 24%
Jonas Frost III 26%
Elizabeth Furse 44%
Elton Gallegly 15%
John Ganske 38%
Sam Gejdenson 47%
George Gekas 24%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 50%
Jim Gibbons 32%
Wayne Gilchrest 21%
Paul Gillmor 24%
Benjamin Gilman 24%
John Glenn 32%
Henry Gonzalez 12%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 35%
William Goodling 32%
Bart Gordon 44%
Slade Gorton 24%
Porter Goss 47%
Daniel Graham 44%
William Phillip Gramm 40%
Rodney Grams 48%
James Greenwood 38%
Judd Gregg 44%
Gilbert Gutknecht 26%
Tony Hall 50%
Lee Hamilton 44%
James Hansen 18%
Jane Harman 35%
J. Dennis Hastert 15%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 41%
Joel Hefley 39%
W.G. Hefner 32%
Jesse Helms 20%
Wally Herger, Jr. 26%
Rick Hill 32%
Van Hilleary 32%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 50%
Maurice Hinchey 53%
David Lee Hobson 44%
Pete Hoekstra 50%
Thomas Holden 47%
Ernest Hollings 32%
Darlene Hooley 44%
Stephen Horn 35%
John Nathan Hostettler 29%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 21%
Kenny Hulshof 32%
Duncan Hunter 24%
Asa Hutchinson 35%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 52%
Kay Hutchison 36%
Henry Hyde 26%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 65%
Daniel Inouye 24%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 24%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 59%
William Jefferson 38%
James Merrill Jeffords 44%
William Lewis Jenkins 12%
Christopher John 26%
Jay Johnson 56%
Nancy Johnson 41%
Paul Kanjorski 59%
Sue Kelly 38%
Dirk Kempthorne 40%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 44%
Joseph Kennedy II 44%
Patrick Kennedy 65%
Barbara Bailey Kennelly 41%
Bob Kerrey 40%
Dale Kildee 53%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 47%
Jay Kim 15%
Gerald Kleczka 68%
Ronald Klink 53%
Scott Klug 47%
Joseph Knollenberg 15%
Herb Kohl 68%
James Kolbe 35%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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